Nebraska Cattle on Feed Up Slightly; National Number Drops

Nebraska Cattle on Feed Up Slightly; National Number Drops

December 5, 2012

Nebraska feedlots with capacities of 1,000 or more head contained 2.48 million cattle on feed on November 1, up slightly from last year and the largest November 1 inventory since the data series began in 1994. Placements of cattle into feedlots during October totaled 590,000 head, down 11% from 2011. Fed cattle marketings for October totaled 425,000 head, up 9% from last year. This is the largest number of marketings for October since the data series began in 1994. Other disappearance during October totaled 15,000 head, equal to a year ago.

National Numbers Down 5%

Nationally, the cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.3 million head on November 1, 2012. The inventory was 5% below November 1, 2011. Placements in feedlots during October totaled 2.18 million, 13% below 2011. This is the lowest number of cattle placements in October since the series began in 1996. Marketings of fed cattle during October totaled 1.84 million, 3% above 2011. Other disappearance totaled 78,000 during October, 20% below 2011.

From Nebraska Agri-Facts, December 5, 2012
USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Office